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Anne Slinn 
Executive Director for Research 

MIT Center for Global Change Science  and
MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
TEL: (+1) 617.253.4902

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77 Mass Ave, 54-1318
Cambridge MA 02139
My work is focused on sustaining fundamental research on the Earth system and maintaining the support and focus of applied research relevant to global environmental change. As an engineer and scientist by training, I find the complexities of global change extraordinarily compelling. In the long view, climate change is likely the most pressing issue facing humanity and a tractable solution will be difficult to achieve. Fortunately, MIT's ethos of tackling the world's great challenges provides an impetus that is conducive for effective collective effort.

For over twenty-five years I've been dedicated to organizing MIT's interdisciplinary, multi-institutional and international research collaborations that address challenges at the nexus of the global environment, energy and economics. As Executive Director for Research of the MIT Center for Global Change Science and the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, I am responsible for managing a diverse portfolio of around $9M in sponsored research. My key contributions are to the integration of research priorities and resource development, and the synthesis of scientific description. I also oversee personnel and operations, communication of research findings to a broad audience, and the administration of federal grants and consortium support from corporate, foundation, and government sponsors.

A member of the MIT community since 1988, I'm an alumna of the School of Engineering and have been on the Sponsored Research Staff in the School of Science since 1990. My early academic focus was on fluid dynamics and heat transfer, earning master's degrees in mechanical engineering (Washington State University) and civil engineering (MIT). My MIT thesis work involved satellite remote sensing of wind-induced stresses on the ocean surface to analyze the interaction of wind and large-scale ocean circulation. At WSU I combined molecular theory with experimental laser design to measure the radiative absorption properties of hydrocarbon gases that are common in the atmosphere. My initial role with the CGCS included serving as executive officer for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme's atmospheric chemistry activity (IGAC). I helped launch the MIT Joint Program in 1991, and have continued to work closely with the codirectors in managing that effort ever since. In the early 2000s I aided the formation of MIT's Earth System Initiative, which in 2014 transformed into a new phase of Institute-wide commitment as the Environmental Solutions Initiative.

MIT Mens et Man logo During Academic Year 2014-2015 I served on the MIT Climate Change Conversation Committee, which was established to seek broad input from the Institute community on how the U.S. and the world can most effectively address global climate change. The committee produced a report on MIT and the Climate Challenge. Since 2004 I have also served as Vice President of the Technology Broadcasting Corporation, the trustee of WMBR FM radio located on the campus of MIT. My involvement with other research and academic entities engaged in complementary efforts at MIT include the groups noted below.


Center for Global Change Science (CGCS)


Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change


 Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Department (EAPS)


Climate Modeling Initiative


 EAPS Program in Atmospheres Oceans and Climate (PAOC)


Energy Initiative

Professional Preparation: Master of Science (SM) Civil Engineering MIT | MS, BS Mechanical Engineering Washington State University
MIT Presidential Committee Appointment: Vice President, Technology Broadcasting Corporation, trustee of MIT Radio WMBR 88.1 FM